If you are a self-proclaimed choco-holic, you're not alone. Millions of people around the globe agree that chocolate makes everything in life better. There are dozens of national chocolate themed holidays celebrated throughout the year. We are hereby duty-bound to treat yourself and gift others with CHOCOLATE!
How did people learn to extract this sublime pleasure from the bitter seeds of the cacao tree? No one
knows. When the Europeans reached the capital of the Aztec Empire, they found a people who used cacao seeds to make a frothy, spicy drink used in royal and religious ceremonies. This ancient delicacy and its roots and cultural importance:
• Obrana cacao, the tree that produces chocolate, means "food of the gods."
• The Aztecs used cacao seeds as money.
• The Aztecs fed sacrificial victims chocolate to calm them before the sacrifice.
• During World War I chocolate was shaped in the form of bars for eating.
• Cacao seeds are traded on the commodities market—along with pork bellies
• Mexicans use chocolate on the Day of the Dead, as molé, a spicy sauce.
• Sales of chocolate products in the United States total $13 billion a year.
• In the US, chocolate has a place in nearly every holiday celebration: heart-shaped boxes of chocolate for Valentine's Day, chocolate bunnies for Easter, wrapped candies for trick-or-treaters at Halloween, and cups of hot cocoa to warm Christmas carolers.
THE YEAR IN CHOCOLATE HOLIDAYS
January 3: National Chocolate-Covered Cherries Day
January 8: National English Toffee Day
January 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day
February: National Chocolate Lovers Month
February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day
February 14: National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
February 19: National Chocolate Mint Day
February 28: National Chocolate Soufflé Day
March (week 3) American Chocolate Week
March 19: National Chocolate Caramel Day
March 24: National Chocolate-Covered Raisins Day
April 21: National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day
May: National Chocolate Custard Month
May 1: National Chocolate Parfait Day
May 2: National Chocolate Mousse Day
May 3: National Chocolate Custard Day
May 12: National Nutty Fudge Day
May 15: National Chocolate Chip Day
June 3: National Chocolate Macaroon Day
June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 16: Fudge Day
June 26: National Chocolate Pudding Day
June 22: National Chocolate Eclair Day
July 7: Chocolate Day
July 8: National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day
July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day
August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day
August 10: S'mores Day
August 20: National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day
September 13: International Chocolate Day
September 22: National White Chocolate Day
September 27: National Chocolate Milk Day
October: National Caramel Month (with Chocolate)
October 18: National Chocolate Cupcake Day
October 28: National Chocolate Day
November 7: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
December 12: National Cocoa Day
December 16: National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
December 28: National Chocolate Day
December 29: National Chocolate Day
Which national chocolate holidays will you be celebrating?
Source: Foodimentary, CandyUSA.com and Squidoo.